You may remember last month I was inspired by Marlo to embark upon the exciting adventure of unraveling thrift store sweaters for yarn. Today, Ro joined the Crochet Blogs ring. She has just unraveled her first sweater and, in her new crochet blog, posted this great link: How to Unravel a Sweater.
A few other links you might find helpful are:
Now you’re armed with all the info you need to unravel sweaters yourself. Have fun! Oh, and for inspiration, check out these folks who are unraveling sweaters and selling the yarn on eBay:
Here are pics of my first unraveling experience. I feel like I’ve unlocked a secret stash of yarn ripe for the picking. Lucious, unattainable, unaffordable yarns can now be mine! I am giddy with glee!
This is a Gap girls XXL sweater (97% acrylic, 3% other fibers), which cost me $2.59 at Goodwill. The yarn turned out to be three strands. One strand was thick and thin yarn in red, pink, purple, and pale green. And the other two were thin twists of white and glittery purple string. The sweater was machine washable and dryable, so I did both before starting.
Unraveling the first sleeve. (This is not a tutorial because, remember, everything you need to know is over at How to Unravel a Sweater.)
First sleeve unraveled and yarn tied into a hank.
Washing the hank to help get rid of the curliness. For this, I followed the instructions from Reusing Yarn.
Hanging the damp hank with a weight on the bottom to get out the curliness. (The weight is a metal stand you use to roast a chicken on the outdoor grill. I know, I know, but it was the first thing I found!) In hindsight, it wasn’t necessary to wash the hank, because this type of yarn wasn’t affected much by the curliness.
My first ball of yarn from the sweater, washed, dried, and wound into a center-pull ball. To wind the yarn, I followed the instructions at Reusing Yarn. Later on, I found similar, more detailed instructions at Yarn Balls.
All of the balls of yarn from the sweater, with a wide-mouth pint canning jar thrown in for scale. (Do I live in the South?) After the first ball, I stopped the washing and weighted drying of the hanks. This thick and thin yarn straightened out well enough on its own after being wound into balls.
Update, May 4, 2004: Here’s my first FO with this yarn, a sweet little jar. Pattern: Prayer Pot by Marlo.